The adrenaline-rushing excitement of catching a tarpon is arguably
unrivaled in the sport-fishing world. What happens to the fish
after it is released? Are post-release responses different
depending on tarpon size, environmental conditions or other
factors? Learn more about the research exploring these questions.
FMRI recently provided commission staff members with this briefing document regarding the issue of proportions of foul-hooked fish observed in the Boca Grande Pass tarpon study.
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) biologists have completed a study designed to measure Atlantic tarpon catch-and-release fishing mortality in Boca Grande Pass, Florida.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) tarpon
catch-and-release mortality study moves to Tampa Bay for the
By using acoustic telemetry and geographic information system software, researchers follow and plot the movements of the mighty tarpon.
View representative photos of breakaway gear used by tarpon anglers in Boca Grande Pass from 2002 to 2004, as observed by researchers during the catch-and-release mortality study.
Understanding how tarpon targeted in Florida's recreational fishery react to catch-and-release angling can provide useful information for anglers, scientists, and managers to develop better handling practices.
Read detailed descriptions of the two predominant tarpon fishing methods researchers observed in Boca Grande Pass during the catch-and-release mortality study from 2002 to 2004.